This is an object lesson you can use to teach children the importance of spending time with God every day. To conduct the lesson, you have $ 168.00 in pre-school. (Many stores carry dollar chips.) Suggested passages that use is Psalm 90:12, but there are many others, if you want to search a bit.
This is suggested discussion. Feel free to adjust it in accordance with the children you serve.
I have here $ 168.00 in pre-school. It just so happens that there are 168 hours in every week, so that each dollar will represent one hour. How do you “spend” your time? (Count the bills as you go through the available options.)
Let’s say you get about 8 hours of sleep each night. Multiply times 8 hours 7 days and you get 56 hours. Let’s set aside $ 56 from our stacks.
Next comes the school. Let’s say that averages out to 7 hours a day. That will equal another 35 hours taken out of your week. We will set aside $ 35 for it.
Everyone needs to eat, so we have to allow time for it. Say you eat 3 meals a day and average 20 minutes per meal. This is equivalent to an hour a day or 7 hours a week. I put aside 7 more dollars.
Homework? Most nights you probably have homework to do. Let’s say it averages 5 hours per week; it’s another $ 5
Watch TV. Many more, but let’s say you watch 2 hours of television each week day and the hours on the weekend. Which will add another 20 hours, so we will set aside another $ 20
play, including video games. When you start to play, especially in a video game, it’s hard to stop. Let’s say you average 2 hours a day on video games. It is equivalent to another 14 hours so I’m going to set aside another $ 14 it depends only on us with $ 31 dollars; not a whole lot for a week.
wasting time is also very easy to do. Let’s say you waste one hour a day that will add about 7 hours so I’m going to set aside another $ 7 Now we are down to $ 24.
Time on the computer including Facebook, Internet, email, etc. Even if it’s only 30 minutes a day, equivalent to another three and a half hours. Let the traffic to 4 and set aside another $ 4
How about sports? If you are on a sports team or a band or choir, you have to practice. Let’s say that adds another hour every week day and a few hours on the weekend. It adds another $ 8 Now we are left with a $ 12 per week.
The question is, of all the time you have “destroyed,” how much of it is being with God or even think about God? God can be part of the above, but you must admit and acknowledge that it is there while you do those things. But let’s look at this from another perspective.
What are some things you can do to “waste” time with God? (Let the children give some tips Figure up the amount of “dollars” every week they can represent and declare accounts ..)
– Read the Bible (15 minutes per day = $ 1.00)
– Pray (15 minutes per day = $ 1.00)
– go to church and Sunday ($ 2.00 – $ 4.00 for a large number of services attended.)
– impose memorize verses from the Bible (15 minutes per day = $ 1.00)
– Add another like children to think about them
Think about how you spend your time .. Are you spending time wisely? God says in Psalm 90:12 that it is important to count your days. That means you need to use your time wisely and take the time to approach him. As you do, He promises to approach you.
If you find that you are doing something that is a waste of time, consider giving it up and spend time with God instead. For example, to spend time with God is more important than watching TV? If you give up one thirty-minute television and spend time with God instead, it will give you more than two hours ($ 2) each week and would be time well spent.
Will you make a choice this week to spend time with God every day?